Wild Things – Family Walk Series
open to the public
Here in Rhode Island and all over the world, natural habitats are shrinking, species are disappearing and our environment is clearly at risk. What can we do to help reverse the damage and ensure a more sustainable future?
If you share our belief that kids are the key to change and you’d like to get your kids or grandchildren out exploring the natural environment, we’re offering a new program of family walks. The goal is to spark or enhance an informed interest in healthy habitats and ecosystems.
With the guidance of naturalist Nathan Lamb, children and adults participating in these family walks will explore the interdependence of native trees, plants, insects and birds. Each walk will feature observations and hands-on activities of nature’s own “best practices,” some of which we can apply to our own backyards to make them more sustainable and wildlife-friendly.
Inspired by the work of Douglas Tallamy in his books Nature’s Best Hope and The Nature of Oaks, this program will focus on the functions of keystone species like the oak, both in the wild and in our cultivated landscapes.
Along with other native species, the oaks will provide much to explore, from the shape of their leaves and the insects they host, to their interactions with fungi and root systems.
Space is very limited. Each walk will be arranged for to 2 to 3 families per walk. The material covered will be aimed at children roughly 8 to 12 years old.
If you are interested in this walk series, please complete the information in the form below.
The first walk will be at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, South Kingstown, in April. We will contact you about the date and time.